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[treest] /trist/
adjective, French.
sad; sorrowful; melancholy. Unabridged
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  • The doorway of L'Abbaye was not deserted, even at the "triste" hour of ten-thirty.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "A dull town (triste ville)," he observed, staring into the street.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Treeless, dusty, and triste, they strike a note of melancholy within us.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • I had heard that England was a triste pays, and I thought it so indeed.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • "You are triste yet," said Elisa Puyrredon, drawing her chair nearer to Marcelino.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling
  • The night was called on this account Noche triste, Melancholy night.

  • And so you like to quit the world and to come to our triste old hotel.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But neither Josephine nor her young lady had any turn for what was “triste.”

    Countess Kate Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He set off on his lonely expedition with rather a triste countenance.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
British Dictionary definitions for triste


archaic words for sad
Derived Forms
tristfully, adverb
tristfulness, noun
Word Origin
from French
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